Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is furious with his fellow Senators’ inaction. “We go week after week in the Senate and do nothing. I feel like sometimes I should return my check because I go up, they do no votes and no debate,” Paul said Friday, during an interview on Anderson Cooper 360, according to a blog on CNN.com.
Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is threatening to block a nearly $20,000 pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, over the Secretary’s seeming unwillingness to issue more permits for deepwater oil drilling. According to an article on FoxNews.com, Vitter sent a letter to Salazar, voicing his complaints about the Secretary’s inaction.
The White House has created a new position in its communications department, called the director of Progressive Media and Online Response. The job includes, among other things, promoting President Barack Obama’s online presence and dealing with negative stories in the time leading up to the 2012 elections.
Deadly tornadoes swept through Joplin, Mo. on May 22, killing at least 89 people.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has officially announced that he is running for the GOP Presidential nomination. Pawlenty, a Tea Party favorite, released a YouTube video on May 22 declaring his intentions to vie for the nation’s highest office.
A member of President Barack Obama’s own political party recently stated that the Commander in Chief has violated the Constitution by bypassing Congressional approval to intercede in Libya’s civil war.
Frank Bailey, formerly an aide to Sarah Palin, is already facing criticism for his tell-all book about Alaska’s former Governor, and the book will not be out until Tuesday. Describing Bailey’s “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin” as “fiction,” several sources close to Palin told POLITICO the book is clearly biased.
An openly Christian doctor in England faces censure from his professional body for discussing Jesus with a patient. According to an article on MyFoxNY.com, Richard Scott, who has practiced medicine for 28 years, “is under investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC) and faces disciplinary action after he suggested to a 24-year-old man that he might find solace in Christianity.”
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced his decision not to run for the 2012 Presidency on Sunday, leading the GOP to put increasing pressure on other possible candidates. Unfortunately for the Republicans, some of their biggest names insist they will not run.
In 2005 and 2006, 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich owed between $250,001 and $500,000 to the luxury jewelry store Tiffany & Co. According to an article on Politico.com, the debt was exposed by financial disclosures filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.